I’m an Instagram junkie. I LOVE me some Instagram photos. What I’m not so great at is actually getting them off my phone and doing something with them!
So, Emily and I set out to the craft store last weekend, and we came up with this fun and inexpensive DIY photo coasters project!
What You’ll Need:
– (6) 4×4 white ceramic tiles (we found ours at the local hardware store)
– (6) 4×4 printed photos (I used the PostalPix app)
– Mod Podge (glossy finishing spray is an alternative option recommended by one of our readers!)
– Small, 1-inch foam brush
– Self-adhesive felt pads
– Washi tape (optional)
EDIT: we’ve had a few readers have problems with the coasters sticking to each other when stacked, so we’d like to suggest sealing the coasters with epoxy instead of Mod Podge to ensure that your coasters are waterproof and non-sticky. We found this video to be helpful in showing you how.
Step 1: Apply 1 coat of Mod Podge to front of tile
Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the front of each tile, making sure to spread it all the way to the edges. (Note: This step is important! We made the mistake of skipping it on the first couple coasters, and the photo didn’t feel like it was fully adhered to the tile in the finished product.)
Step 2: Place photo on the wet Mod Podge
Place a photo on top of the wet coat of Mod Podge from step 1, and let it dry for about 5 minutes. (Decorating your photo with washi tape is optional, but it’s an easy way to add a fun & unique twist!)
Step 3: Apply 3 coats of Mod Podge to back of tile
This part is a little tricky with the washi tape. When you apply your first coat of Mod Podge to the back of the coasters, it may seem like the the tape is starting to unstick from the coaster. Just wait about 5 minutes until the first coat of Mod Podge has started to dry and become tacky, and press the washi tape down with your finger. Wait about 15 minutes in between each coat of Mod Podge.
Step 4: Apply 3 coats of Mod Podge to front of tile
Apply 3 coats of Mod Podge, again waiting about 15 minutes between each coat. Apply each coat as a thin layer, making sure to wrap all the way around to the sides, and smoothing out the front. It’ll look very opaque until it dries, but rest assured that it will dry clear!
Step 5: Stick felt pads to the bottom of each coaster
The felt pads just help to make sure that the coasters don’t scratch your table.
Step 6: Let sit for 3 days before using
It’s normal for Mod Podge to feel tacky for several days after it dries. If you wait about 3 days, you’ll give the coasters plenty of time to seal completely & make sure no water will seep in.
I love the way these turned out, and they make me smile whenever I see them on my coffee table. With the right photos, coasters like these are going to make great DIY Christmas gifts!